For the purposes of developing patience with other people, inverse paranoia means that, instead of thinking that that person in front of you on the highway or your annoying co-working is plotting to do you harm, you should instead believe that they are plotting to do you good. Or, at the very least, be aware that everyone has their own struggles, weaknesses, setbacks, and obstacles they are dealing with. It is not all about you.
Practicing inverse paranoia shifts the focus from “what’s in it for me” to a collaborative mentality that can benefit everyone involved. Imagine how much easier it would be if everyone went through life expecting other people to support them and build them up, rather than worried about how to save their own skins. And the good news is that when you start practicing inverse paranoia, people around you will start to change and practice it as well. That is why Paul encourages the Thessalonians to “encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Basically, what goes around, comes around!